It’s convenient to keep a spare house key in case you lose your regular keys. But is your spare key’s hiding place too convenient? Convenient enough for a burglar to easily find it? We implore you don’t sacrifice security for convenience.The last thing you want is a burglar to find the spare and have an easy entryway into your home—especially if you forgot to set your security system that day.
Here are the worst and best places to hide your spare keys.
Worst places to hide a spare house key
UNDER YOUR WELCOME MAT
You might as well be welcoming a burglar into your home because this is the first place they’ll look.
UNDER A FLOWER POT NEAR THE FRONT DOOR
This hiding spot is convenient for you— and for a burglar.
INSIDE A POORLY PLACED FAKE ROCK
That fake rock isn’t fooling anyone if it’s just sitting in a garden and there are no other rocks around.
If someone steals your wallet, they have your home’s address (since it’s on your driver’s license) and the spare key to get inside your home. This is a burglar’s dream come true.
Best places to hide a spare house key
WITH A NEIGHBOR YOU TRUST
We believe that your neighbors are your best allies against burglars. So give a trusted neighbor your spare key. If anyone finds the key, they’ll just assume it’s the neighbor’s, not yours. Just make sure there’s no information on the key that would identify it with you.This is the most secure place to hide a key, but also the least convenient (unless they neighbor hides they key somewhere safe outside where you can find it).
IN A MAGNETIZED LOCK BOX UNDER YOUR CAR
Most burglaries occur from 10 a.m to 3 p.m—when you’re not home. So it makes sense to hide your key in a car magnet key case under your car. Because when you’re not home, neither is your car—or the spare key.
UNDER THE DOG HOUSE
You know what burglars hate? Dogs. Especially loud ones. They don’t want to go near them. So that means they’re not going to go near the dog house either. Hide the key under the dog house to keep it safe.
FAKE SPRINKLER KEY HOLDER
Move over fake rock, here comes the fake sprinkler key holder. This fake sprinkler head is indistinguishable from a real one and blends in nicely. Obviously, this is only for homeowners who have sprinkler systems.
Home security is the number one priority of every homeowner. There are many ways to strengthen it and locks are one of the primary ways to prevent intruders from gaining access to your property. There are a wide range of locks available on the market and they all differ when it comes to cost and effectiveness. It is important to know what types of locks are more prone to lock picking so you can avoid them and install the ones that best suit your needs.
Following are 4 types of locks that you should avoid to thwart any potential lock pickers:
1. Knob Locks
These are the most common type of locks that are found in residential homes. Knob locks are used on both internal and external doors of a property. On one side they have a rotatable knob and on the other side, a key cylinder. These types of locks are very easily compromised to brute force attacks and they are also very prone to shimming and picking. But if you must use them, then it is recommended that you install them along with a strong secondary lock i.e. a deadbolt.
2. Lever Handle Locks
Lever handle locks are commonly used on the inner doors, particularly in commercial buildings. As the name suggests, lever handle locks use a lever that can either be swing down or up to release the bolt. Lever handle locks can be compromised through the use of brute force torque attacks and lock picking. So, you should avoid using them if possible. But if you must use them, then it is recommended that you install lever handle locks that employ ‘clutch’ levers that are effective against brute force as they don’t put pressure on the locking mechanism if force is applied.
3. Rim Latch Locks
Rim latch locks utilize a rim cylinder. They have a latch lock mounted on the surface of one side of the door and a rim latch on the other. Rim latch locks are not designed to withstand a good amount of force so you should avoid installing them if you want to prevent any potential intrusion. But if you must use them, then it is recommended that you install them along with another form of lock that is used on exterior doors.
4. Spring Latch Locks
Spring latch locks offer minimal security, but since they are very easy to install and also the least expensive, they are the choice of many homeowners. Also known as slip bolt locks, spring latch locks provide security by locking the doorknob of the door and preventing the release of the latch which is spring-loaded and fitted into the door frame. These types of locks are vulnerable in several ways. Forceful intruders can smash the lock and doorknob with a wrench or hammer. If you have them installed in your property, then it is recommended that you reinforce the wood around the doorknob with a protective metal plate to prevent this.